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Stouts and Porters Along With Other October Treats

Stouts and Porters Along With Other October Treats

October 2, 2017| Categories: Beer Tasting, Events, News, Published Articles

I KNOW IT DOESN’T SEEM LIKE IT, BUT IT’S GOING TO BE COLD OUTSIDE BEFORE WE KNOW IT. AND THERE’S NOTHING BETTER ON A COLD VERMONT EVENING THAN CURLING UP BY THE FIRE WITH A GOOD BOOK AND A GLASS OF STOUT OR PORTER!

But what’s the difference between these two styles of beer? I like to turn to Randy Mosher who wrote: “Think you know what a porter is? Me neither. Studying the history of porter is like staring into the multidimensional universe of theoretical cosmology, with multiple shifting parallel worlds constantly warping and shifting with the flow of time. The more you try to pin it down, the more it wriggles free and becomes something unexpectedly different. Naturally, this makes for much fun.” ~ Randy Mosher, Tasting Beer.

…um, what?

Really, what he’s saying is that there’s no easy way to separate Porters from Stouts. They essentially are on a spectrum and are related to each other. It gets confusing because some modern Stouts are light like Porters and some Porters are stronger than Stouts.

SO FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER, WE’LL BE HIGHLIGHTING DIFFERENT DARK ALES THAT WE FIND TO BE EXCELLENT COMPANIONS THIS TIME OF YEAR. WE HOPE YOU ENJOY!

 

LONG TRAIL (Bridgewater Corners, VT) – UNEARTHED is rooted in a labyrinth of roasted malts. The alter-ego to the big and juicy Limbo IPA, this American stout is full of big notes of coffee and chocolate. 7.9% ABV, 58 IBUs. Available now in 12oz/4/6 bottles (#44292) which are on Post-Off in October for $35.18 + dep. per case ($10.99 SSP)!!! Also available: BARREL-AGED UNEARTHED! From the depths of Heaven Hill Kentucky Bourbon barrels emerges a deliciously dark version of our Unearthed American stout. Aged for six months on oak, time spent on wood unveiled complex layers of caramel, oak, vanilla and Bourbon. Now available in 12oz/6/4 bottles (#41300), Barrel Aged Unearthed is super limited, super rare and supernatural so grab this otherworldly sout to enjoy fresh or bury a few in your cellar to discover the evolution of flavor. $76.75 + dep. per case for $15.99 SSP.
SIERRA NEVADA (Chico, CA & Mills River, NC) – We just received our 2017 allotment of NARWHAL Imperial Stout! A malt-forward monster, highlighting the depths of malt flavor. Narwhal Imperial Stout is inspired by the mysterious creature that thrives in the deepest fathoms of the frigid Arctic Ocean. Featuring incredible depth of malt flavor, rich with notes of espresso, baker’s cocoa, roasted grain and a light hint of smoke, Narwhal is a massive malt-forward monster. Aggressive but refined with a velvety smooth body and decadent finish, Narwhal will age in the bottle for years to come. 10.2%, 60 IBUs. Available now in 12oz/4/6 bottles – SIX PACKS! – (#04478, $41.60+dep., $12.99 SSP) and 5.16 gal. logs (#01711, $111.00 + dep.).

 

FOOLPROOF (Pawtucket, RI) – PEANUT BUTTER RAINCLOUD – Sometimes the rain can drive you nuts, so you might as well have some in your beer. With that, we are proud to introduce Peanut Butter Raincloud, a unique and flavorful adaptation of our popular Raincloud robust porter. Raise a glass to the miracle that is peanut butter porter. Available now in 12oz/6/4 CANS (#03054), $44.50 + dep. per case for a $9.29 SSP.

STONE (Escondido, CA & Richmond, VA) – It’s back! XOCOVEZA is a tradition too special to skip! There’s nothing like making a beer so beloved that people feel compelled to campaign for its return. So, in the spirit of the holiday season, we are very pleased to give our fans the number one item on their wish lists. As illustrated by the avalanche of social media requests, that is Stone Xocoveza, an insanely delicious take on Mexican hot chocolate brewed with cocoa, coffee, pasilla peppers, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. First brewed in 2014 with San Diego homebrewer Chris Banker after his recipe won our annual homebrew competition, this imperial stout is layered with smooth roastiness, semisweet chocolate and a touch of spice. Thanks entirely to you, this creamy, mocha stout has gone from initially being a one-time offering to a yearly tradition. Happy holidays from all of us to all of you…and feel free to continue enjoying it long into the spring and summer, as this gem will age beautifully and is definitely not exclusive to the winter season! 99 on RateBeer.com! 8.1% ABV, 50 IBUs. Available for a limited time in 12oz/4/6 bottles (#04215) and 5.16 gal. logs (#01138).

 

NORTH COAST (Fort Bragg, CA) – OLD RASPUTIN Russian Imperial Stout – Produced in the tradition of 18th Century English brewers who supplied the court of Russia’s Catherine the Great, Old Rasputin seems to develop a cult following wherever it goes. It’s a rich, intense brew with big complex flavors and a warming finish. 9% ABV, 75 IBUs. Did you know? The Old Rasputin brand image is a drawing of Rasputin with a phrase in Russian encircling it—A sincere friend is not born instantly. (How hard it is to make and keep a good friend. –”Jericho,” Joni Mitchell) Old Rasputin garners a PERFECT 100 on RateBeer.com!

ROGUE (Newport, OR) – Just in time for Halloween displays, we’re restocked on DEAD GUY ALE six packs and bombers! An ale inspired by the style of a German Maibock, brewed using our proprietary Pacman yeast, Dead Guy Ale is deep honey in color with a malty aroma, rich hearty flavor and a well balanced finish. “Deep reddish amber hue. Generous toasty malt aromas and earthy hops follow through on a moderately full-bodied palate with fruity accents and a long spicy hop finish. A delicious hybrid style with bock-like maltiness but ale-like hopping.” –World Beer Championship Judges. And if you’re throwing an on-premise Halloween party, we’ve got draft back in stock, too!

DROP-IN BREWING (Middlebury, VT) – PORTER –This is a full-bodied, smooth, drinkable porter. As with all of our beers here at Drop-In, it’s all about balance which leads to drinkability. Porters arguably became the first mass-produced commercial beer style in London beginning in the late 18th century . The style was still at its height during the Industrial Revolution and breweries rapidly took advantage of all the new innovations; steam engines were used in the porter breweries mere months after the technology was patented. We used Maris Otter barley malt, chocolate malt, and crystal malt to get the color, flavor, and body we wanted. We also added some Golden Naked Oats which add to the body of the beer. We hopped it with Whitbread Golding and Cascade hops which provide a depth and earthiness to compliment the roasty caramel and chocolate malt flavors. With notes of coffee and chocolate, and a full body, this a perfect beer for the fall season. Food pairing suggestions: Gruyère, triple cream, washed-rind cheeses, mellow blue cheeses, Venison sausage and stew, grilled steaks and burgers, shepherd’s pie, and chocolate, chocolate, chocolate: Mousse, soufflé, cake!  And we know it’s not a “dark” beer per se, but we’d like to also mention that we now have RED DWARF . #BeerWorthFinding

STONY CREEK (Branford, CT) – STONY JOE – Now can an open mind about this one… We know it’s not technically a “dark” ale, but if you close you eyes and take a sip, we think you’ll agree that it’s a stout! “Stony Joe is a Golden Mocha Stout. It is designed like a traditional Milk Stout but without using the typical roasted dark malts. Instead we use a boat load of rich, decadent golden colored English barley, flaked barley, flaked oats, and flaked wheat to give it lush body and smooth sweetness. We then ferment it on Cocoa Nibs and add fresh locally roasted Guatemalan Coffee, directly to the fermenter. The cocoa nibs and coffee add the rich mocha notes and bright roasty/coffee aroma you might typically find in a stout. We are excited to partner with Redding Roasters Coffee Company of Bethel, CT on this mind bending beer.” 5.5% ABV.

Also, we just received a fresh shipment of other Stony Creek brews. (Please forgive us as these aren’t part of the dark ale theme, but this seemed like the most logical place to include mention of them…)

  • RIPE & CRANKY: ORANGE JUICED – 16oz/6/4 CANS
  • RUFFLED FEATHERS – New England-style IPA – 16oz/6/4 CANS

SMUTTYNOSE

Our New Hampshire friends at Smuttynose are famous for making award-winning dark ales!
ROBUST PORTERDark, Roasty and Mysterious – “Our most award-winning beer, Robust Porter honors the dark, full-bodied ales that were a favorite of dockworkers and warehouse workers (hence the name “Porter”) in 19th century London, where the style originated. It’s a good bet that when Dickens’ Mr. Pickwick sat down for a pint, his beer would have been very similar to our Robust Porter. This smooth, deceptively drinkable beer features an assertive hop profile which accentuates signature flavors of coffee and dark chocolate.”
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ROCKY ROAD STOUTSmutty’s first dessert stout! – “Remember when you were first introduced to Rocky Road ice cream? Remember how you couldn’t believe some magical genius had mixed those amazing flavors into one ice cream? We sure do. That’s the feeling we’ve recreated with Rocky Road, Smutty’s first dessert stout. An indulgent blend of ooey-gooey Fluff™ amazingness and the rich goodness of cacao nibs are blended into a full bodied sweet, stout beer. Before bottling, we age this elixir on amaretto-soaked oak chips to impart an amazing flavor harmony. Don’t worry if you spill a drop of Rocky Road – we know you’ll lick it right up.” Don’t miss out!

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